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Women On Twitter Can Now Fill Out A Form To Report Online Harassment

Women, Action and the Media have teamed up with Twitter to address online harassment of women.

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Women online are frequently attacked in the form of sexual harassment, verbal abuse, threats, and stalking.

Example 1: A woman poses a simple question about tampons.

Twitter friends: Anyone know a country where tampons are free or somehow subsidized?

Jessica Valenti@JessicaValentiFollow

Twitter friends: Anyone know a country where tampons are free or somehow subsidized?

1:03 PM - 08 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Example 2: A woman calls for a stand against misogynistic gaming culture.

To reiterate: The whole gaming industry must take a stand against these attacks on women in gaming. Silence is no longer an option.

Feminist Frequency@femfreqFollow

To reiterate: The whole gaming industry must take a stand against these attacks on women in gaming. Silence is no longer an option.

6:51 PM - 11 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

She is then subjected to months of threats, verbal abuse and name-calling.

Why do you think so many people hate Anita Sarkeesian? Not because she's a feminist, but rather a male-hating, negative cunt.

gem enthusiast@IynxyFollow

Why do you think so many people hate Anita Sarkeesian? Not because she's a feminist, but rather a male-hating, negative cunt.

12:24 AM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anita Sarkeesian is such an ugly bitch

This is like Anita Sarkeesian. This bitch is getting over $100k funded to her to make YOUTUBE VIDEOS showing how games make ppl misogynistic

The Alcoholic@N8TheGr8__Follow

This is like Anita Sarkeesian. This bitch is getting over $100k funded to her to make YOUTUBE VIDEOS showing how games make ppl misogynistic

3:15 PM - 03 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I usually don’t share the really scary stuff. But it’s important for folks to know how bad it gets [TRIGGER WARNING]

Feminist Frequency@femfreqFollow

I usually dont share the really scary stuff. But its important for folks to know how bad it gets [TRIGGER WARNING]

3:52 PM - 27 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anita Sarkeesian lives in California. I'm ashamed to live on the same coast as F chump and that hypocritical bitch (oh no sexism)

Christian Perez@Emp_VDDFollow

Anita Sarkeesian lives in California. I'm ashamed to live on the same coast as F chump and that hypocritical bitch (oh no sexism)

1:04 PM - 04 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anita Sarkeesian is a fucking fraud and greedy bitch #GamerGate

Captian Southie@FolfJayFollow

Anita Sarkeesian is a fucking fraud and greedy bitch #GamerGate

9:57 AM - 30 Oct 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You get the drift.

According a Pew study, 25% of young women have been sexually harassed online and 26% experienced stalking. Women are disproportionately targeted by the most severe forms of abuse.

Women can now report their online harassment thanks to an "unprecedented collaboration" between Twitter and Woman, Action and The Media (WAM!), a nonprofit dedicated to gender justice in the media.

The pilot project will support all Twitter users experiencing gendered harassment and abuse on the platform, including racial, LGBT, and other kinds of oppression, WAM! announced in a press release Thursday.

WAM! will pass along verified complaints to Twitter within 24 hours and track their response to different gendered harassment.

After the pilot test, WAM! will analyze the data and use it to work with Twitter "to better understand how gendered harassment intersects with other types of harassment, how those attacks function on their platform, and to improve Twitter's responses to it."

"The disproportionate targeting of women online results in them removing their voices from the public conversation," Jaclyn Friedman, Executive Director of WAM!, said in a statement. "We're so glad that Twitter recognizes that the best way to ensure equally free speech for all users on their platform is to ensure that all users are equally free to speak without being targeted by harassment, abuse and threats."

Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Tasneem Nashrulla at tasneem.nashrulla@buzzfeed.com.

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